§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
Yes, Sir. This is a very substantial award. It consolidates and improves on the settlement last October and I believe it will allow the recent rise in confidence to be sustained.
§ Mr. Monro
Has the Minister noted the substantial drop in the number of dairy cows in the last return? In view of the probable shortage of milk for consumption and manufacture in the 1463 coming months, has he made an estimate of the increase during the summer? Will it also cover the allowances for additional costs?
§ Mr. Brown
I am not sure that I accept what the hon. Gentleman says. Production is up on last year. There is an allowance in the United Kingdom quota, as a whole, of 50 million additional gallons, and there is every sign of confidence in the industry. I cannot predict the yield from every cow, but the dairy industry is healthy, and I am sure that it will continue to be so.
§ Mr. Corrie
If the industry is so healthy, why did 270 dairymen apply to come out of dairy and into beef in December?